Tottenham Hotspur may be top of the Premier League upon their return from the international break but there are still some issues to iron out for manager Nuno Santo.
One of which is their chance creation and goalscoring, having only found the net three times with successive 1-0 victories to kickstart the 2021/20 campaign.
Indeed, the north Londoners are the only side with a 100% record in the top-flight but they are also the joint-lowest scorers sat 13th or above, meaning there is a problem somewhere in attack.
Heung-min Son leads the way with two goals and he also tops the charts for shots-per-game (3.3). But no player is managing to do better than Harry Kane’s two key passes per game, despite the England international only starting one of their three matches, per WhoScored.
The reliance on these two was also a problem last season, both scored 58.8% of their league goals and both were first and second for creating chances – the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso were nowhere to be seen.
However, Nuno could already have a solution right under his nose, thanks to the expertise of sporting director Fabio Paratici in the transfer market.
In shifting Erik Lamela out, the Italian managed to secure promising Spain gem Bryan Gil in return and he could hold the keys to fixing Spurs’ creativity issue.
According to football.london’s Alasdair Gold on a recent episode of his ‘Gold and Guest talk Tottenham’ podcast, the 20-year-old prodigy is already being spoken about in high acclaim.
“I think they’ve just got to nail down that role for him. As soon as they nail down that role, I think we’re going to see a very talented young player coming to the fore. He’s kind of got a bit of everything: he can pass, he can dribble, he’s very creative, he has clever movement,” he said.
“They’ve just got to decide, is he a guy that can ultimately become the new Eriksen, because the more and more I watch him play, I think the ability’s there to do that. Some have even made a Modric comparison and said, maybe he could end up coming even deeper and becoming that kind of player.”
Modric and Eriksen, two players that would undoubtedly ensure that there were no issues in attack, particularly the latter as Spurs have sorely missed his presence since he left for Inter Milan in January 2020.
Gil averaged 1.7 crosses and 1.9 key passes per 90 in La Liga last season, via WhoScored, which certainly reinforces the view that he could be a solid option in a creative role.
Also described as a player with “unbelievable amounts of technique” and “a left foot on him you’d kill for” by ESPNUK editor David Cartlidge, Nuno must now look to unleash the £27m-rated wonderkid in the coming weeks.
He could well be the perfect solution to one of Spurs’ only current problems.
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